Gov. Nathan Deal and Yos Shiran, Chief Executive Officer of Caesarstone Sdot Yam, Ltd., announced today that Caesarstone, a manufacturer of high-quality engineered quartz surfaces, has selected Richmond Hill in Bryan County as the location for its new U.S.-based manufacturing plant. This new facility will create 180 jobs in Bryan County and represents a $70-100 million investment.
“It’s an honor to host Caesarstone’s continued global growth and success. Georgia’s outreach to the international business community and strong capabilities, including the fourth-largest and fastest-growing port in the United States, have attracted this very significant investment,” said Deal. “Caesarstone brings jobs and economic growth to the region, and we look forward to bringing to bear the logistics, workforce and other resources that will help it succeed.”
Caesarstone will use Georgia Quick Start, the top-ranked workforce training program in the nation, to train its employees. Once hiring begins, jobs will be posted by the Georgia Department of Labor office in Savannah. Caesarstone will import raw materials for manufacturing and export finished products through Georgia’s ports.
Shiran, the CEO, said, “We are excited, after a careful site selection process, to have found the right combination of a highly skilled workforce, a strong logistics infrastructure and a welcoming state, county and city. Our planned state-of-the-art facility will support our business and competitive position throughout North America, which has quickly become both our largest and fastest-growing region around the globe. We look forward to a long and very fruitful partnership with Georgia and Bryan County.”
Caesarstone joins more than 40 Israeli companies already operating in Georgia, including Amdocs, Verint, Given Imaging, PCI (Blades), Alpha Omega and Baran Telecommunications. Renée Rosenheck, senior project manager for the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), worked with Ronen Kenan, managing director of GDEcD’s office in Israel, and Page Siplon, director of Georgia’s Logistics Center of Innovation, to assist the company with its location. The state partners were critical in assisting Caesarstone with information on how Georgia’s business and logistical advantages could meet company needs. The Development Authority of Bryan County was also a key partner in the project.
“We are very excited that Caesarstone has chosen Belfast Commerce Centre in Richmond Hill as the ideal location for its first U.S. manufacturing site,” said Steve Croy, chairman of the Development Authority of Bryan County. “Caesarstone’s decision, coupled with the fact that the Centre has recently been singled out by other companies for special recognition, gives us a very bullish outlook for the park. We thank our partners at the Georgia Economic Development Department, City of Richmond Hill, Bryan County and TerraPointe Services for their teamwork in helping introduce Caesarstone to our community.”
“Georgia has deep experience supporting international businesses from many countries, including Israel, in selecting excellent locations and resources that enable their success,” said Chris Carr, commissioner at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “At a time when many other states have curtailed similar efforts, we can show the results of a consistent program of investment in, and outreach through, our international offices. They are the keystone to our success in global commerce.”